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Lance Benzel

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  • Colorado Springs church set to show off city's largest musical instrument

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    It's the king of instruments - powerful enough to shake venerable walls. And thanks to a six-year restoration project estimated at $425,000, the Reuter pipe organ at First United Methodist Church in downtown Colorado Springs is firing on all cylinders and reaching deep into its...

  • Rampart Range Road open to public through December for first time since 2012

    Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Rampart Range Road is temporarily open to the public - with conditions. The U.S. Forest Service announced the reopening Friday afternoon, while urging users to be cautious of burned trees and other dangers. "If you choose to go into the Waldo Canyon area, expect a changed condition,"...

  • Colorado ski resorts race to open first

    Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    "The Kiwis are coming." At Loveland Ski Area, those words are an unlikely rallying cry. To the operators of Arapahoe Basin, they mean war. Every fall, Colorado's ski areas become locked in a battle to open first, and no one's claimed more victories than Loveland and A-Basin - the...

  • Rider in Residence: Bike Clinic is about more than fixing bicycles

    Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    "The reward for a good deed is to have done it." Among the handwritten slogans decorating the walls at The Bike Clinic in downtown Colorado Springs, this one sums it up best. Laugh it off if you wish, but here, in this gritty, graffiti-
laden bicycle boneyard, the well-worn phrase...

  • Anglers rejoice over teeming reservoirs on Pikes Peak's south slope

    Updated: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Along the wooded banks of Mason Reservoir on Pikes Peak's once-forbidden South Slope, lifelong anglers on Saturday yipped, shouted and cried out like children over teeming, fin-rippled water. One after another, they watched their quarry - brightly colored cutthroat trout and...

  • After 101 years Pikes Peak's southern slope set to open - briefly

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    After 101 years behind barbed wire, Pikes Peak's untrammeled southern slope opens to the public Saturday. Historic access to the permit-only 10,000-acre South Slope Recreation Area comes with conditions, however - not to mention a limited timeframe. The area will open this weekend...

  • Pikes Peak region trail 'one of the last remaining wild places along the Front Range'

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    From the wind- and rain-carved rocks of Ice Cave Cliffs, it's easy to imagine you're lost in a wilderness of imponderable scale - or peering somehow back in time. Like the best magic, it turns on an illusion. "You're actually about 3 miles from civilization," said Tom Mowle of the...

  • Old Stage Road west of Colorado Springs opens full-time

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Repairs to Old Stage Road are complete, and it is now open full-time to the public, El Paso County officials said Wednesday. An important recreational corridor for hikers, cyclists and off-road vehicles, the road west of Colorado Springs was closed after the September 2013 rainstorms...

  • South Slope of Pikes Peak to open to the public

    Updated: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    The South Slope Recreational Area - off-limits to the public for more than a century - is officially ready for visitors. But if you're looking for specifics, you'll have to wait a bit longer. City officials announced Wednesday that they will disclose details of an imminent opening...

  • Colorado fall colors will dazzle this weekend

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Worried that you've missed the fall colors on the path to Cripple Creek? In this case, the best comes to those who wait. A fall display that resulted in untold photos snapped along Colorado 67 and posted to Facebook and Twitter last weekend appears to be reaching a dazzling new...